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Victim Distancing in Faith Communities


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The Family Justice Center is pleased to have Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Director of the Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse in Boston, MA in Chattanooga for a special free training for clergy on "Victim Distancing in Faith Communities." Faith and lay leaders are encouraged to attend.


1) Participants will learn more about the critical and unique role that faith leaders and faith communities can play in addressing and preventing elder abuse.

2) Participants will learn about how faith communities (as well as ordinary community members) have responded to elder abuse victims in the past, including how they have at times distanced themselves from both victims and perpetrators of abuse.

3) Participants will consider the implications of distancing on denial, silencing, and other faith community responses to victims and survivors of elder abuse.

4) Participants will explore strategies to overcome distancing and engage faith communities and faith leaders in partnering with local service providers and safely and effectively supporting victims and survivors.


9am: Coffee/Networking

9:30am - 11:00am: Presentation

11:15am: Tour of the FJC